HGC’s First See-Food Scavenger Hunt Recap

As many of you know I had the honor of executing something I have been planning for a little under a year, the Honolulu Grub Club’s See-Food Scavenger Hunt.  It was a blast and I thank the participants as well as those who volunteered to help me set this up.  Please read the following recap to see what it looked like from an organizer’s point of view 

The Start

It was a bright and early Saturday morning for me as I prepared the food, prizes, and clues/answers sheets for what would be the HGC’s first (and hopefully not last) See-Food Scavenger Hunt.  It was going to be a hot day as it was already 78 degrees in the morning, but I did not realize how hot and fierce the competition would be.

Team Ninjas the only team assembled on time and ready to go with all the zeal expected of deadly assassins.

The contestants slowly rolled in, taking advantage of the 15-minute grace period I had given.  10:30AM?   Not on Hawaiian time, we would begin closer to 11:00AM with fully assembled teams, but the competitive talking had already begun among those who had arrived early.   Only one team would win, but everyone would enjoy an awesome barbeque from the hosting party at the Moana Pacific.

Team Don't Come For Me scoring some points.

There were four teams of eighteen individuals.  First to sign up, and punctual among all the teams were The Ninjas.  Populated with people seasoned in home cooking and wise beyond their years they had good spirits and were ready to have fun early in the morning to the afternoon.  After them was Team Rocket, a team put together of varying interests, but all brought together by charm, a competitive edge, and the enthusiasm of their namesake anime characters.  Team Don’t Come For Me followed,  late enough that their driver drove up to the parking lot while I prepared the instructions, but spirited enough and all of them know their way around a restaurant to be a deadly threat.  Last, and most certainly least was Team Mochi’s Minions (aka Team Civil Beat, as I really am not sure they settled on a name).  This team had come together literally within hours of me planning the last parts of the Hunt, but they were confident and just as a smart and savvy as their online news service.  Four teams, but only one would win.  Who would it be?  Well, here were the clues before them:

Clues (Can you Answer Them All?)

  1. Combine “A” to the left for this answer.
  2. Gurrabi’s favorite food.
  3. A piss load of this stuff will sweeten anything.
  4. The outline is Camelus bactrianus-like.
  5. Majestic Crustacean.
  6. Complete Sustenance.
  7. If I am steamed, I’m white, but if baked, I’m brown.  However, I’m always red on the inside.
  8. Go here to grab an Italian pie from the Golden Coast.
  9. I am the Bird of La Mancha
  10. When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go here with Petula Clark.
  11. The seed from this palm will drive you crazy.
  12. If being Chin Ho Kelly doesn’t work out he can always be a burger chef here.
  13. I’m always a staple in a salad, sold fresh, unlike other vegetables that can be sold frozen, canned or cooked.
  14. This Eurasian country is for the birds.
  15. A twin-tailed siren that will keep you up.
  16. Fast bamboo eater.
  17. I am the only room without walls.
  18. A room above sea that Spongebob Squarepants would be at home in.
  19. A cake that is not baked.
  20. Everybody have fun tonight, here.
  21. Female deer likes specks of sunshine, talking about herself, running distances, and sewing, but seeks something missing.
  22. This thai rooster is found on almost every Vietnamense restaurant’s table.
  23. Pick me up all the herbs at Scarbourgh Fair.
  24. The home of Napoleon’s baked goods and chili that benefits all.
  25. My offspring are always showing on my skin.
  26. He beat an iron chef and opened this restaurant.
  27. To “slice or cut” a fish Hawaiian-style.
  28. This drink’s old formula could make an addict out of you.
  29. A place of potent potables.
  30. The only Queen that has met Julius on the island.
  31. Made Newton move in the right direction.
  32. {[7(10(5(5(2×2))))] + [((765-77)/2)-24]}/2 = ?
  33. Leonard’s Champions.
  34. I slice and cut, but I also can play music.
  35. I can usually be found in the same places as green tea ice cream, but you wouldn’t want to eat a scoopful of me.
  36. I am the fish that can win marathons.
  37. I sum u b
  38. Uncooked possesors of XY chromosomes.
  39. Breaking the fourth wall here is fine, just don’t break the plates, glasses, or furniture.
  40. M Cable
  41. Measuring a girl’s best friend.

Here are some of the answers.

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All of the answers will appear in a following post.  

The Waiting

After fast thinking, driving, and coordinating all the teams headed back toward the Moana Pacific within the three and half hours given to them.  Coming in close to twenty minutes before the time limit was Team Rocket.  Confident and filled with braggadocio, the team thought they had it in the bag.  With a quick glimpse and a slight shock to my face, they might just have.  They had answered all the clues and gotten pictures for them, and were almost right for every single answer.  It was a masterful stroke.

Team Rocket enjoying themselves at one of the best karaoke bars in Waikiki, Wang Chung's Karaoke Bar.

(Check out Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar website here.)

Right on there heels, but still early, came in Mochi’s Minions.  Clearly, being hastily put together the night before did not stop their accuracy or zeal in giving it their best.  They too surprised me with how efficiently they answered the clues and got pictures.  When the two teams met the war of words had begun, and planting the seeds of doubt of whose answers were correct.

Salmon?  Awww, man that can’t be right!  What did you get for the Cable M clue?  And on it went.

Calling it as close as possible Team Don’t Come For Me and Team Ninjas arrived, both highly confident, but looking relaxed despite their timing.  Team Don’t Come For Me looked like they had taken a break at a Starbucks or something.   And actually, come to think of it Team Rocket looked like they not only figured out their clues they stopped for a drink to celebrate that fact . . .

The Winners

Well, the barbeque went forward with all teams assembled and they enjoyed their hard earned food and relaxation.   The work for me came as I totaled and tallied their answers.  In the end, the race was close, and the teams were all separated by three points each . . . yes three points out of a total of 140 points . . . how is that possible?  I panicked and thought I had miscalculated, so I checked over the answers and used my phone’s calculator and laptop’s one.   The reality was that Team Don’t Come For Me emerged triumphant defeating Team Rocket by three points, three points that a shiso leaf could have prevented.

What's that Gurabbi is eating? A shiso leaf!

Remember Grub Clubbers and readers Gurrabi the Grubworm’s favorite food and used by reviewers is the shiso leaf.   Hopefully, the Cake Competition this year is equally fierce and highly attended.  Look forward to all you bakers and what you can put forth!

After a long day of fun time to enjoy food!

Hopefully next year we can do a Scavenger Hunt, an Amazing Race, or an Iron Chef competition or even better yet, what if we fused all those together?

 For a participant’s point of view please check out Kyle H.’s write-up here.

One of the prizes for the winning team were t-shirts of this design. Designed for the Club by Mx Media.

If you are interested in getting in on the scavenger hunting game it appears that Nonstop with Eat the Street and Foodspotting.com will be doing a similar thing later today (5/27/2011) at Eat the Street.  For more information check out this link.

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Some Honolulu Grubby Information

So it’s been a while since the Honolulu Grub Club dropped some food news or information.  Been busy without a lot time to post stuff, but hopefully as we move through Spring I can drop some posts.  Therefore, without further adieu here are some interesting tidbits.

The Hawaii International Film Festival, which is between April 1 (Friday) to April 7 (Thursday), has three foodie films for your enjoyment.

  • First up, is The Recipe.  “Soybean paste.”  These are the last words of a killer.  Why would  a killer on the run stop and savor a bowl of soybean paste stew (된장 찌개 – doenjang jjigae)? It must be a killer bowl of stew.
  • Japanese film, Patisserie Coin De Rue (translates from French as Pastry Corner), is about a young girl from the country heading to Tokyo to find her fiance.  When she gets to the shop with the film’s name, she finds he no longer works there.  She decides to work there and interacts with a legendary pastissier.
  • Lastly, the Turkish film, Honey (Bal) us about a shy, young boy, Yusuf who adores his beekeeping father. One day his father goes missing and searches for him.

In Honolulu Grub Club news, the rules are up for a first ever See-Food Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Check it out if you want to participate and e-mail us.

This great article about deciding what to bring at BYOB establishments, written by Dabney Gough of Honolulu Weekly, has a great photo from the Off-Premise 4 event.  All the write-ups on Off-Premise 4 by members of the Grub Club can be found at these following sites:

Lastly, our awesome photographer has put up the shots from the event on the Flickr photostream.

March 1, special day!

Not only was March 1 Pancake Day! It also marks the day the Honolulu Grub Club turns one officially!

So thank you Grub Clubbers and visitors to this website and as always we welcome people who hold true to friends, food, and fun!

Quick, happy Grub Club news, my fellow foodie and awesome Yelper Kyle H. has started a blog. Check it out by clicking here.

See you at the next table!

Eat, Kiss, Chocolate, and Sake

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Hey Grub Clubbers and food finders at large! How was your Presidents’ Day Weekend? Hopefully, it was filled with food, fun, and family and friends?

Anyway, if you missed out a chance on any of that not to worry. This week is shaping out to be another food-fun-filled week! So you already know that Eat the Street will be back on Friday, but be prepared for crowds.

Not into crowds and eating on the street? Well, I recently discovered Kissaten, which is a nice 24-Hour Coffee Shop, which I think some late night people would rather keep to this place hidden for themselves. Oddly, enough it is right near Ala Moana Mall.

Love chocolate? Well, this Saturday (2/26) is the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, spotlighting Hawaiian grown cacao and happening at the shops at Dole Cannery from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets in advance are for $20 and can be bought online, with door tickets at $25. Check it out this link for more info.

Finally, if chocolate is not your thing, and you want to go for some sake, the Sake Shop is having a tasting this Saturday as well. Join them as they sample some rare seasonal sake that is only produced once a year in the Spring.  In particular, two Namazake, one Nama Nigori and one Junmai Daiginjo. One of these sake from Kamikokoro is very unique being brewed from White Peach Yeast.

It’s great to be in Hawaii again, and keep checking back here for more food and HGC info.

Eat the Street is Back!

 

Thanks to Nonstop Honolulu for bringing me this news. The food truck rally is returning this Feb. 25. Are you ready to eat the street, again?

Check out the information here at Nonstop Honolulu. Mari, as always is awesome.

In other news, Honolulu Magazine has a great focus piece on the man who started Ba-Le and his plans for La Tour Bakery and Cafe, which I recommend for a stop for lunch or a light dinner. However, if you are expecting Le Bistro like some other clueless critics, then head there. Anyway, if you want to find out more about the guy who brought us Vietnamese on French bread sandwiches, check it out here.

Finally, the Grub Club’s Sushi Ii (“ee” as in the Japanese word for “good”) was an awesome blast. Read one of our Yelper’s review here.

This Yelper-member is always on it, like Mari is on it at Nonstop. I surround myself with pretty, talented women, it makes my blogging easier. Hehe.

See you soon, gonna be talking about izakayas, sake, and telling you about our wonderful pictures from Sushi Ii. Laters.

Ask a Wine Guy: Sushi and Wine?

Well, the Grub Club is heading out to Sushi Ii this weekend. It is a fun little sushi joint, but it is also BYOB! What do you bring for sushi? Sake, usually.

However, what about Wine with Sushi?

Here are some thoughts from our HGC sommelier:

 . . . Sushi eh? Personally, and this is very personal because there are several trains of thought when pairing wine with sushi, I prefer Champange. More specifically, those Champagnes that have been brought up in oak barrels and thus, impart a nutty, rich, and very full mouthfeel. However, because this information is not written on the bottles, you have to trust your memory and trust your sommelier. Krug is famously raised in oak barrels and left to “mature” for about 6 years when other Champagnes are bottled much sooner. There is no question of Krug’s superiority in the market and amongst wine geeks, but a more affordable wine with a similar style could be had in Bollinger. If you are looking for something off the wall and want to try one of the new “grower” champagnes – the H. Billiot Laetitia is a fantastic wine and full of complexity. Yeah, okay, so the prices on these wines are all around $100, but well worth it for an unforgettable meal. $40 range?- try Billiot’s regular Brut. My wife’s and my personal favorite for a middle of the road styled wine, but still with enough gusto is Taittinger. Oh Taittinger.

On a side note, please note that heaps of wasabi will literally obliterate the wine being paired with it. This is where you must rely on the skills of the chef and his ability to use wasabi as an accent to bring harmony and balance to each piece. In a way, the sushi chef’s role in relation to his fish is not so different from that of a winemaker and his grapes. Both try to let their raw material speak out and act only as a means to translate what is good and natural, taking what they have and transforming it to what will be most pleasurable to you.

Or beer. Suntory Premium Malts from Marukai is sooo good. When you pour it into the glass make sure you do a little splash to get the head nice and foamy. 2 inches maybe? Just like the Stella Artois Commercial, cut the big bubbles off from the top and savor the creaminess of a perfectly poured beverage.

Some of the conversation between us has been reddacted. However, what do you think? Are you willing to try sushi and wine? Let us know.

Eat at the Punahou Carnival!

Well, no trip to Honolulu this weekend would be complete without the Punahou Carnival. If you like to eat, love the tradition of a family-style carnival, and then like to eat again look no further.

I would just like to state for the purpose of disclosure, that I am an alumni and am addicted to Punahou’s malasadas. So if you are curious about going, check out all the infomartion you need here.

So go and check it out this weekend. Your stomach will be glad you did. If you want to know more about the experience read this post from the Tasty Island blog.